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San Diego’s Biggest Park Gets Even Bigger

Patty: Even with the use of Cowles Mountain on Sunday morning, the park is minimally used. Compare it to Mission Bay Park and Balboa Park. If you have contrary statistics, feel free to post them.

The minmal use of the park is the subtext to the core issue, which is the mis-application of the MSCP to restrict owner use so the City can purchase the property.

January 14, 2013 at 5:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego’s Biggest Park Gets Even Bigger

It is also little known that the City is unethically acquiring private East Elliott parcels to expand the park. East Elliott is in the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP). The MSCP explicitly allows owners to develop 25% of their property in exchange for giving the City, at no charge, 75% of their property for conservation. But the City, and park expansion advocates, want the whole area to expand Mission Trails Regional Park. So the City, in 1997, re-wrote the Community Plan eliminating residential development. The City then formulated a policy to reduce the zoning from 1 dwelling unit per 40, 000 square feet (about 1-acre) to 1 dwelling unit per parcel. The owners are effectively restricted from development. A fundamental tenet of the MSCP is to protect private property rights. An MSCP provision, intended to prevent private property owners from having to give up all their land for conservation, is that the City can only buy property from "willing sellers". After decades of holding and paying taxes on land the City restricts from development, the City then offers despairing owners to buy their property at low valuations. In the City's rationalization, the City is buying property from "willing sellers". The park is already the largest such intra-city park in California. It is one of the largest in the nation. But park advocates control the reins of City government. They seek unlimited park expansion. The park is minimally used. This is happening under our noses. It is a story that deserves the light of day.

January 12, 2013 at 2:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )